Dr. Tracey McLaughlin describes the oral glucose tolerance test, the main indicator to determine if a woman has diabetes or is at risk for the disease.
An oral glucose tolerance test is typically, in a non-pregnant woman, is a 75 gram glucose drink, tastes like a flat Coke or something, and it stimulates the production of insulin and challenges the body’s ability to deal with that glucose load, and I call it a stress test for diabetes. If you can’t maintain a normal glucose at two hours defined as a glucose under 140 mg/dL, then you are at increased risk for developing diabetes.
About Dr. Tracey McLaughlin, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Tracey McLaughlin is an assistant professor at Stanford University’s department of medicine and is in the division of endocrinology and metabolism conducting clinical research and practicing medicine. Dr. McLaughlin conducts a number of clinical research studies related to obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.